Blog tour: ‘A Robot Squashed My Teacher’ by Pooja Puri, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan.

If you’re looking for a riotous adventure packed with ingenious inventions and lists, look no further! (But perhaps take a look at ‘A Dinosaur Ate My Sister’ too!)

“Before you start reading, there are a few things you should know:

1. I, Esha Verma, am a genius inventor extraordinaire.
2. I like lists.
3. I did not mean to turn my teacher into a pigeon. Some things just can’t be helped.

Esha Verma, her snotty apprentice Broccoli and his secretly cunning pet tortoise have a dream. They are going to win the legendary Brain Trophy – the ultimate inventing prize. This year’s entry: The RoarEasy – a gadget that lets the user speak to animals.

But when Esha’s arch-nemesis, fellow inventor Ernie, lands her in detention, the RoarEasy malfunctions and suddenly Monsieur Crépeau is TRANSFORMED INTO A PIGEON.

Luckily for Esha, she knows exactly what she needs to repair her invention and where to find it: locked away in the mysterious Central Research Laboratories.

She, Broccoli, Archibald and Monsieur Crépeau will have to go undercover and break into the labs before the competition to return Monsieur Crépeau to his human form. And with Ernie following them, determined to foil their plans as they face giant robots, killer plants, shrinking machines, robo-spiders, clouds that make you float and terrifying twisters, they’re going to need all the help they can get to get out of this wacky pickle.


This book is so marvellously madcap that it can’t fail to capture the imaginations of readers and inventors across the land. It’s a glorious fusion of malfunctioning gadgets, giant robots, and hilarious hijinks!

I love the varied page layouts – notebook-style, highly illustrated spreads, doodles, and eye-catching fonts. It’s a very tempting read indeed and is sure to inspire a whole new generation of inventors aged 7+. Maybe one day there really will be a fully functioning RoarEasy to allow us to talk to animals!

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour*

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